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Mariano Rivera New York Yankees

Milestone Watch: Kenley Jansen

All-time postseason saves leaderboard

PlayerSV Tm
Mariano Rivera42 NYY
Kenley Jansen19  LAD
Brad Lidge18  HOU,PHI
Dennis Eckersley15 OAK,STL

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Jordan Hicks St. Louis Cardinals
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Adam Ottavino Boston Red Sox

Why only four pitches from Ottavino?

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Michael Brantley Houston Astros

Well, that wasn't close.

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Cody Bellinger Los Angeles Dodgers

Ron Darling: "A lost year by Bellinger is now found in the postseason."

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Charlie Morton Atlanta Braves

Bad news for the Dodgers this afternoon if Chris Bennett is right.


Charlie Morton, ATL at LAD ($8,600): For nearly a $1k discount on Walker Buehler, I'll roll with Morton as my top arm Tuesday. Neither offense in this series has been great, but he's been far more consistent than his adversary. Morton started Game 4 against Milwaukee on short rest, and his last regular-season outing against the Mets was just to keep him fresh. Otherwise, he's turned in quality starts in six of his last seven trips to the mound. He's a known postseason dog, and I'm expecting a steady outing with the potential for better than steady.

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Sam Huff Texas Rangers

Two walks yesterday in Arizona but still looking for his first hit.

Sam slashed .237/.309/.439 for Double-A Frisco in 46 games and still got promoted to Triple-A Round Rock, where he slashed .273/.320/.727 in seven games (three homers but nine strikeouts).

I'm not sure why I'm still calling him Sam; I released him from my reserve list in September to make room for an active pitcher with a bad matchup.

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Cole Waites San Francisco Giants

BA's highlights from the AFL yesterday...

Cole Waites, RHP, Giants — The San Francisco reliever threw just 13 pitches in 0.1 innings on Monday, but he made an impression. The righthanded South Alabama product not only threw the game's hardest pitch (98.8 mph), but also threw all of his pitches with better than 7 feet of extension, topping out at 7.4 feet.  Just 45 qualified big leaguers had average extensions in 2021 of better than 7 feet.

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Jose Tena Cleveland Indians

OKA Indians.

Jose Tena, SS, Guardians — Tena is part of a highly talented group of middle-infield prospects in the Cleveland system. The 20-year-old spent the entire season at High-A Lake County, where he collected 25 doubles and 16 homers along with 10 stolen bases. His 117 strikeouts against 27 walks sticks out as a red flag. He was 2-for-5 with a double on Monday and produced three batted balls with exit velocities of better than 100 mph.

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Logan O'Hoppe Philadelphia Phillies

Austin is waiting for our complete 2021 minor league stats.

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Zack Greinke Houston Astros

The question today isn't, Will Greinke emerge as a relief weapon? It's can he stop the bleeding?

I think he can.

Stathead Spotlight: Red Sox

Teams to score 21+ runs over a 2-game span in the LCS

TeamGm 1Gm 2Final ResultRS
LAD2020‑10‑132020‑10‑14WS Champ22
KCR2015‑10‑192015‑10‑20WS Champ22
TBR2008‑10‑132008‑10‑14AL Pennant22
BOS2007‑10‑202007‑10‑21WS Champ23
NYY2004‑10‑162004‑10‑17Division Champ23
ATL1993‑10‑071993‑10‑09Division Champ23
BAL1970‑10‑031970‑10‑04WS Champ21

See the list at's Team Batting Span Finder

Most consecutive postseason games of 10+ hits by a team

BOS2021‑10‑08 2021‑10‑186 TBR,HOU
BOS2003‑10‑15 2004‑10‑126 NYY,ANA
ARI2011‑10‑02  2017‑10‑045 MIL,COL
HOU2004‑10‑09 2004‑10‑145 ATL,STL
ANA2002‑10‑20 2002‑10‑265 SFG
CHC1989‑10‑04 1989‑10‑095 SFG

See the full list at's Team Batting Streak Finder

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Horokazu Sawamura Boston Red Sox

It's fair to say of the ten pitchers who toed the mound last night, Sawamura was the second most effective.

Tuesday, October 19
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J.D. MartinezKyle TuckerChristian ArroyoKyle SchwarberEduardo Rodriguez

Yesterday's Top Performers


Eduardo Rodriguez* (BOS): 6.0 IP, 3 ER, 5 H, 0 BB, 7 K, 57 GmSc

Hirokazu Sawamura (BOS): 1.0 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 0 BB, 1 K, 54 GmSc

* - pictured above

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Christian Arroyo Boston Red Sox
Tuesday, October 19
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J.D. MartinezKyle TuckerChristian ArroyoKyle SchwarberEduardo Rodriguez

Yesterday's Top Performers


J.D. Martinez* (BOS): 2-3, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 2 R

Kyle Tucker* (HOU): 1-2, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 R

Christian Arroyo* (BOS): 1-4, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 2 R

Kyle Schwarber* (BOS): 1-4, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 1 R

Rafael Devers (BOS): 1-4, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 R

Christian Vazquez (BOS): 2-4, 2 RBI, 2 R

* - pictured above

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Enrique Hernandez Boston Red Sox

Some of the 16 such tales gathered by Stephen Nesbitt for The Athletic seem, at the very least, exaggerated, but this one is amply supported by photos.

11. For Hernández, hamming it up for the cameras is second nature. He can smile and be silly all day. But something about posing for engagement photos had him rattled. He was dreading them. So, when he and Mariana watched the comedy “Masterminds,” which features Zach Galifianakis and Kate McKinnon in a delightfully cringe engagement photo shoot, Hernandez told Mariana, “If you want to do an engagement photo shoot, that’s the only one I’m doing.”

So, they found a photographer and an empty playground.

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Eduardo Rodriguez Boston Red Sox

Young one's reply is pretty funny. Aaron, of course, is right.

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Red Sox pitcher Eduardo Rodríguez mocked Carlos Correa’s “it’s my time celebration” after getting him out for the third time tonight, and Boston manager Alex Cora was not happy about that
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Jose Urquidy Houston Astros

Only one of the runs against Urquidy was unearned but the ball that Altuve botched was a double-play grounder with one out.

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Kyle Schwarber Boston Red Sox

Making some money tonight.

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Ron Darling Oakland Athletics

I'm not convinced that this is really the better way to go.  Even in the Scherzer argument (55-45 in favor of pulling him) the numbers do not take into account that this is (A) the playoffs and (B) Max Scherzer.  Large numbers are just that, and Trevor Cahill on the mound vs the Royals ain't the same thing.

There may be no such thing as clutch (another nerd argument) but how do you explain Mariano Rivera's playoff numbers?

I say this as a believer in most things Nerd.  But playoffs are different.

(And I'd be happy to see them regulate the shift)

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